Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #2

Time for month two – February. I have been waiting for over a week for a sunny day and today arrived with a blue sky. At least until I got out there and then the clouds returned.

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Not much has changed around the castle grounds. Trees still bare. And no sign of life from the pollarded limes.

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Date: February 17 2015
Weather: sunshine and cloud
Temperature: Cold (4°C)
Time: 10 – 11 am

I did spot something different on the way down to Dinham bridge; snowdrops on the lawn outside St John’s Chapel. And the catkins are shrinking and turning brown.

Walking over Dinham bridge I spotted a buzzard overhead, but I didn’t manage a photo as I was asked for directions by a couple of walkers. Back on to the Breadwalk and the path is muddy today, although there was an early frost. No sign of my swans yet, but the birds are singing loudly and the path is busy with dog-walkers and families on this Shrove Tuesday. A dead tree/branch has been swept downstream and is stuck on the Mill Weir.

Winter tree
Winter tree

Can you see the swans?

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Trees on Whitcliffe Common

I caught up with ‘my’ swans at the Ludham bridge where the water level looks lower than this time last month. And where I lost the sun.

Not much is happening along Lower Broad Street. A few bulbs are popping up in the pots, the ‘cherries’ are shrinking and wrinkling and a beautiful kitty posed for a photo.

Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty

The Cardinal has decided to have a photo project going throughout 2015 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?

I’m hoping that next month we might see some more greenery. See you then!

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Heyjude

I now live back in the UK, but spent several years travelling the world and then living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

52 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #2”

  1. Jude – the snowdrops are so pretty; a delicate reminder that spring WILL come! What is a pollarded lime? (Other than I can see it’s a severely shorn shrub or purposely shaped tree?) i’ll definietly want (please) a photo of that in its flourish month 😋

    1. “Reducing the crown controls shade and makes trees more wind-resistant while stopping roots becoming too invasive. It also reduces the amount of leaves (an incentive for budget-conscious councils), and can increase the tree’s lifespan significantly.”

  2. I loved the walk through your neighbourhood and reading about what has changed over the month. I also liked your inclusion of the temperature etc. I’m looking forward to seeing more over the year. Great blog overall!

    1. Thank you for your kind words Michelle. I have tried to include parts of the town that I know change, although not a lot of difference between Jan and Feb!

  3. Lovely images, Jude. Time to say goodbye to winter! Today was a truly beautiful, the first sunny day for many grey weeks. Maybe it has got something to do with high pressure Hanne from the North? 🙂
    Greetings to you from London airport,
    Dina x

  4. Such a lovely town Jude. I always loved to see the first snowdrops sprout. It really gives one hope of more clement weather coming soon. A really delightful picture gallery. You’re so good at it. 🙂 Loved your last photo. He’s very handsome.

    1. No these are definitely lime trees Gerard – or linden trees (not the citrus trees)
      Castle Gardens – RESOLVED that pollarding of the lime trees be approved subject to the approval of the Tree Officer and that consideration be given to an annual programme of works. ” [Ludlow Council minutes 2008]

  5. Love the sight of the snowdrops Jude. Although we have had a mild winter in Western Canada it will be wonderful to see some living plants! Thank you for sharing yours.

  6. I’ve just been introduced to a flower I’ve never heard of before – a snowdrop.
    We’ve been in a deep freeze all month so in comparison all your photos look so inviting and spring-like.
    My favourite though is the kitty at the end. He (she) has facial markings so similar to my Theo 🙂

    1. He’s a lovely looking cat. Gorgeous eyes!

      I can’t believe you haven’t heard of snowdrops Jo!
      Galanthus (snowdrop; Greek gála “milk”, ánthos “flower”)

      We Brits live for the first snowdrop as it means winter is almost over (though saying that I have seen them in snow before now).

      Do you have the spring snowflake? Leucojum vernum. They are larger/taller flowers but very similar.

  7. truly a lovely tour through this post – and the ending hello kitty was a nice twist for an goodbye ending post shot. Also liked the soft focus and the lines and stones in that last photo really were cool.. but all nice…. 🙂

    1. Thank you Yvette. I am only glad that it brightened up so I could get out there. Hopeless trying to take photos in the rain or even the dull grey weather we have been having lately as the river walk is mostly in shade anyway so photos would be very difficult to take.

  8. What a great project, and you’ve honoured February Ludlow beautifully. Before the Nerrigundah series, I may have discounted Australian changes, but I saw so many differences over those two months. I may take on the challenge once I have a fixed abode again, just for my own pleasure.

    1. It’s a great way to record the changes. Although there weren’t many between this month and last the challenge is forcing me to take a closer look at the surroundings.

  9. Those sheep look freezing despite that mass of wooly coat and I love that the shot is in black and white. I think it makes the scene look bleaker and colder 🙂 Thank you for the snowdrops – they remind me of my childhood in Oldham!

  10. Love that last little trio 🙂 Oh, do come on Spring! I know it’s almost here because some neighbours have those tiny purple irises that are only about for a week or two.

    1. Ah, yes, iris reticulata – I used to have a bowl full of those once. I love spring bulbs, but it is so difficult when you have a limited space choosing what to grow!

  11. Your kitty photo is just adorable, love his/her expression! And snowdrops, just beautiful. We’ve had daffodils out here since just after Christmas, the first lot already gone over, but more to replace them of a different type I’m guessing. Love your ‘winter tree’ too. Lovely post Jude 🙂

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